There are many wondrous things to experience in this life, and you shouldn’t be resigned to believing you cannot do them. Some require a little skill and expertise, while others none at all. But the fact remains, that be fore you die, you will feel most alive when you go out there and explore the numerous pleasures that this world has to offer. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best outdoor activities to experience in your lifetime.
Grand Road Trip
Many people think that you have to travel far to experience all that the world has to offer. But often times, there are many sites to be seen close by. Planning a road trip that visits multiple sites is often the easiest way to see the most, while spending the least.
Perhaps the most timid of all the free-falls, but needing a little courage nonetheless, cliff diving is an enjoyable activity that usually puts you in scenic areas already. The height is less of a factor than the simple idea of feeling that moment of falling.
Ice climbing may take some physical prowess, but if you are capable and able, it’s something worth considering. The feeling of the cold and silent air blowing passed, as a bleach white landscape stands covered behind you, certainly allows for moments of serene reflection.
Swim With The Whales
Whales are majestic and gargantuan creatures, and swimming next to them certainly puts your size into perspective. The view of their enormous and seemingly weightless bodies drifting along is certainly a site to behold.
Sail The High Seas
There is no greater visualization of an abyss, unless in space, than sailing in open water. When all that surrounds you are waves, your mind tends to drift further than the boat you are sailing on. Meanwhile underneath you stands an entire world we know very little of.
By no means is there any other feeling in this world that is as foreign than that of freefell. Very few thoughts remain in your brain as the earth beckons you towards it, and as you reach your max velocity, the feeling of falling gives way to that of hovering. There is no greater rush than jumping from an airplane, and nothing seems as freeing either.
There are few points of view in this world that beat standing atop a mountain. When all is laid before you, it’s as though you are on top of the world, and for the most part you are. It’s a grand feeling and one that everyone should try to achieve.
Water is itself the blood of the earth, it allows for everything else to simply exist. Rivers then act as it’s veins, transporting water across wide expanses, providing life where it would otherwise not exist. By rafting a river, you are littering catching a ride on the life force that sustains us all. You will also be rewarded as life generally congregates around rivers, allowing for both plant and wildlife to be viewed without end.
Cave diving is perhaps something most people don’t consider trying, however caves have wonders that will both amaze and awe even the most experienced spelunker. Between the crystal and mineral formations, stalactites and stalagmites, cave life, vaulted rooms and underground rivers, there are countless sites to behold which make the venture well worth it.
Hot Air Ballooning
For those that want the birds eye view without having to plummet to earth, hot air ballooning is the next best thing. Floating through the sky is perhaps as serene a moment as can be had.
If you want to feel what it’s like to freefell while still being anchored to earth, bungee jumping is your best option. One thing bungee jumping offers are multiple moments of free fall as you bounce up and down. This often provides multiple exhilarating moments rather than a single one.
Jungle and Forest canopies provide the best vantage points for spotting wildlife. More creatures live in the trees rather than below them, so cruising through the treetops allows for countless things to be seen that would otherwise not be noticed standing below.
There is nothing like riding a noble steed. The feeling provided by riding atop a powerful and trained animal is unmatched. It’s taken a very long time to tame these large beasts into submission, and all that work should not go unused. When you are in full gallop, it’s as though you and the animal are one, and in the moment as far as you are concerned…. you are.
Visit A Bioluminescent Bay
The ocean contains countless unseen wonders, but there are also many that are easily viewable. Bioluminescent Bays will leave your jaw dropped, as it seems you are floating through some alien land. It’s certainly an odd site worth making an effort of seeing.
Swim With Bioluminescent Dinoflagellate
Another wonder of water is Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates. These two tailed microorganisms are unseen to the human eye during the day. But come nightfall, they provide a spectacle that will never be forgotten. If it is dark out, the Dinoflagellates act as fireflies do when they are struck or disturbed, lighting up by the bunch. Simply splashing water will make it appear as though you’re splashing light, and the light trickles down objects as well. As hard as it is to explain, it’s even more difficult to draw your eyes away from.
If you want to know what it might feel like to surf on a cloud, try skiing after a fresh and heavy snowfall. There is nothing like gliding atop frozen water in a winter wonderland, with mountain ranges spanning all around you.
For a complete and full experience of the wild outdoors, naturally you ought to go spend a few days and nights in it. Backpacking in the backcountry is the only way to fully absorb nature and all that it has to offer. What with the sunlight, fresh air, birds chirping, varmints scurrying, wind blowing, trees rustling, the list is utterly endless. If nothing else on this list is achievable, make an effort to accomplish this one, and you will have at least scratched the surface of knowing the wonders of this world worth experiencing.
The author of this article is Damien S. Wilhelmi. IF you enjoyed this article you can follow me on Twitter @JakabockBotch. If you are in need of any Outdoor Style gear, be sure to visit hotmocs.com for all your outdoor apparel needs.